Greatest Arab Poets: From Jahili to Jibran

Published August 30th, 2018 - 07:52 GMT

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Arabic poetry is the earliest form of Arabic literature. Present knowledge of poetry in Arabic dates from the 6th century, but oral poetry is believed to predate that.

There are over a hundred Arab poets amid the period of Jahili till the Modern life. Howere, here are the best and the most femiliar peots.

 
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Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. (en.qantara.de)
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Image 1 of 8:  1 / 8Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. (en.qantara.de)

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Palestinian poet and journalist Mahmoud Darwish. (AFP/ File)
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Image 2 of 8:  2 / 8Palestinian poet and journalist Mahmoud Darwish. (AFP/ File)

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Abu at-Tayyib al-Mutanabbi is considered as one of the greatest poets in the Arabic language and is the most prominent and most influential poet in the Arab world and much of his work has been translated into over 20 languages worldwide. (akhbaralasr.net)
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Image 3 of 8:  3 / 8Abu at-Tayyib al-Mutanabbi is considered as one of the greatest poets in the Arabic language and is the most prominent and most influential poet in the Arab world and much of his work has been translated into over 20 languages worldwide. (akhbaralasr.net)

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Nizar Qabbani was a Syrian diplomat, poet and publisher. Qabbani is one of the most revered contemporary poets in the Arab world. (mvslim.com)
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Image 4 of 8:  4 / 8Nizar Qabbani was a Syrian diplomat, poet and publisher. Qabbani is one of the most revered contemporary poets in the Arab world. (mvslim.com)

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Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese-American writer, poet, visual artist and Syrian nationalist. (arabamerica.com)
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Image 5 of 8:  5 / 8Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese-American writer, poet, visual artist and Syrian nationalist. (arabamerica.com)

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Fadwa Tuqan was well known for her representations of resistance to Israeli occupation in contemporary Arab poetry. (arabpress.eu)
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Image 6 of 8:  6 / 8Fadwa Tuqan was well known for her representations of resistance to Israeli occupation in contemporary Arab poetry. (arabpress.eu)

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Ibrahim Tuqan was a Palestinian nationalist poet whose works rallied Arabs during their revolt against the British. Tuqan was born in Nablus, Palestine during Ottoman times (daratalfunun.org)
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Image 7 of 8:  7 / 8Ibrahim Tuqan was a Palestinian nationalist poet whose works rallied Arabs during their revolt against the British. Tuqan was born in Nablus, Palestine during Ottoman times (daratalfunun.org)

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Ameen Rihani was a Lebanese American writer, intellectual and political activist. He was also a major figure in the mahjar literary movement developed by Arab emigrants in North America. (dailystar.com)
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Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. (en.qantara.de)

Image 1 of 8Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. (en.qantara.de)

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Palestinian poet and journalist Mahmoud Darwish. (AFP/ File)

Image 2 of 8Palestinian poet and journalist Mahmoud Darwish. (AFP/ File)

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Abu at-Tayyib al-Mutanabbi is considered as one of the greatest poets in the Arabic language and is the most prominent and most influential poet in the Arab world and much of his work has been translated into over 20 languages worldwide. (akhbaralasr.net)

Image 3 of 8Abu at-Tayyib al-Mutanabbi is considered as one of the greatest poets in the Arabic language and is the most prominent and most influential poet in the Arab world and much of his work has been translated into over 20 languages worldwide. (akhbaralasr.net)

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Nizar Qabbani was a Syrian diplomat, poet and publisher. Qabbani is one of the most revered contemporary poets in the Arab world. (mvslim.com)

Image 4 of 8Nizar Qabbani was a Syrian diplomat, poet and publisher. Qabbani is one of the most revered contemporary poets in the Arab world. (mvslim.com)

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Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese-American writer, poet, visual artist and Syrian nationalist. (arabamerica.com)

Image 5 of 8Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese-American writer, poet, visual artist and Syrian nationalist. (arabamerica.com)

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Fadwa Tuqan was well known for her representations of resistance to Israeli occupation in contemporary Arab poetry. (arabpress.eu)

Image 6 of 8Fadwa Tuqan was well known for her representations of resistance to Israeli occupation in contemporary Arab poetry. (arabpress.eu)

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Ibrahim Tuqan was a Palestinian nationalist poet whose works rallied Arabs during their revolt against the British. Tuqan was born in Nablus, Palestine during Ottoman times (daratalfunun.org)

Image 7 of 8Ibrahim Tuqan was a Palestinian nationalist poet whose works rallied Arabs during their revolt against the British. Tuqan was born in Nablus, Palestine during Ottoman times (daratalfunun.org)

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Ameen Rihani was a Lebanese American writer, intellectual and political activist. He was also a major figure in the mahjar literary movement developed by Arab emigrants in North America. (dailystar.com)

Image 8 of 8Ameen Rihani was a Lebanese American writer, intellectual and political activist. He was also a major figure in the mahjar literary movement developed by Arab emigrants in North America. (dailystar.com)

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